Kool & the Gang’s Dennis ‘Dee Tee’ Thomas has died aged 70.
The Grammy-winning troupe’s co-founder handed away “peacefully” in his sleep in Unusual Jersey, his bandmates comprise confirmed.
In a assertion, the ‘Rep Down On It’ hitmakers hailed their late alto saxophonist, flutist, percussionist, and master of ceremonies, for his showmanship and recent style.
They talked about: “An normal member of Kool & the Gang, Dennis became once identified as the quintessential wintry cat in the neighborhood, loved for his hip clothes and hats, and his laid-support demeanor.
“An grand personality whereas additionally an extraordinarily within most particular person, Dennis became once the alto saxophone participant, flutist, percussionist to boot to master of ceremonies at the band’s exhibits.
“Dennis’ prologue featured on the neighborhood’s 1971 hit, ‘Who’s Gonna Rep the Weight’ is understanding and an example of his showmanship. Dee Tee became once the neighborhood’s dresser stylist who made obvious they persistently regarded original. In the band’s early days, Dennis additionally served as the ‘finances hawk’, carrying the neighborhood’s earnings in a paper catch in the bell of his horn.”
A aim in the support of death is now not any longer identified at the moment.
Dee Tee remaining played with the band on July 4 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The musician co-primarily based the ‘Celebration’ neighborhood – who mix funk, soul, and jazz – in 1964 with guests Ronald and Robert Bell, Spike Mickens, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith.
They were previously named the Jazziacs till 1969 when they switched to Kool & the Gang.
The legendary neighborhood became once inducted into the Hollywood Stroll of Popularity in 2015.
Extra these days, 80s’ classic ‘Celebration’ became once inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry’s Class of 2020.
Dee Tee is survived by his partner Phynjuar Saunders Thomas and his three childhood, Tuesday Rankin, David Thomas and Devin Thomas.